Conservative Fillon Triumphs in French Center-Right Primary

Voters pick the socially conservative François Fillon over the pro-European centrist Alain Juppé.

  • French conservatives on Sunday nominated former prime minister François Fillon as their presidential candidate.
  • Alain Juppé, another former prime minister, lost the second voting round in the Republicans’ first-ever presidential primary with 33 to 67 percent support.
  • Given the unpopularity of the ruling Socialist Party, Fillon is now the favorite to win the presidency in 2017.